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Researcher: Baker, MJ (Dr Michael Baker)

Fields of Research

Exploration geochemistry
Resource geoscience
Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Mineralogy and crystallography
Isotope geochemistry

Research Objectives

Copper ore exploration
Precious (noble) metal ore exploration
Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources)
Iron ore exploration
Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
Mineral exploration
Uranium exploration
Mining and extraction of copper ores
Titanium minerals, zircon, and rare earth metal ore (e.g. monazite) exploration
Zinc ore exploration

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A comparison of random forests and cluster analysis to identify ore deposits type using LA-ICPMS analysis of pyrite; 15th SGA Biennial Meeting
A special issue devoted to porphyry and epithermal deposits of the Southwest Pacific; Economic Geology
A special issue devoted to porphyry and epithermal deposits of the southwest Pacific: an introduction; Economic Geology
Age and geochemistry of host rocks of the Cobre Panama porphyry Cu-Au deposit, central Panama: implications for the Paleogene evolution of the Panamanian magmatic arc; Lithos
Along-strike segmentation of the Abanico Basin, central Chile: new chronological, geochemical and structural constraints; Lithos
AMIRA P1153 Mineral chemistry database
Archean Chlorite: Regional metamorphic chlorite from the Shebandowan Greenstone Belt, Ontario, Canada
Assessing thallium elemental systematics and isotope ratio variations in porphyry ore systems: a case study of the Bingham Canyon District; Minerals
Bantug lithocap, Negros, Philippines
Batu Hijau - porphyry Cu-Au deposit
Bingham Canyon
Bingham Canyon - porphyry Cu-Mo-Au
Bingham Canyon - porphyry Cu-Mo-Au deposit
Bingham Canyon and Wasatch Mountains Update
Bingham Canyon Porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Utah, USA
Bingham Canyon Sampling Program – September 2011
Blind test site – Anglo American
Buckskin Lithocap, Yerington, Nevada
Calcite synthesis
Calcite synthesis
Can porphyry green rock signatures be distinguished from later metamorphic and IOCG mineralization overprints?: AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 1
Carbonate geochemistry: a P1153 PhD thesis proposal
Central Chile
Central Chile epidote and chlorite
Central Chilean Andes
Cerro Casale Porphyry Cu-Au Deposit, Chile
Chlorite and epidote chemistry: Report for Kincora Copper, December2017-P484 & 501
Chlorite and zircon mineral chemistry from the Yerington district, USA
Chlorite comes of age: a key tool for exploring in greenrocks
Chlorite Synthesis
Cobre Panama porphyry
Cobre Panama Porphyry Cu-Au-Mo District
Cobre Panama Porphyry Cu-Au-Mo District, Panama
Cobre Panama update
CODELCO green rock blind test
Collahuasi district magnetite: reanalysis program
Data Analytics
Distinguishing between barren and fertile batholiths in the same porphyry-Cu district using zircon trace element geochemistry; 14th SGA Biennial Meeting
Distinguishing ore deposit type and barren sedimentary pyrite using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry trace element data and statistical analysis of large data sets; Economic Geology
Do batholiths produce false positives? The case for green rock study of the Yerington district, Nevada
El Teniente quartz
El Teniente – Magnetite
El Teniente – Quartz
Eldorado gold: green rock blind test
Element mobility above, below, and on the sides of the Ann Mason Cu-Au-Mo Deposit, Nevada, USA; Gold' 17
Enhanced geochemical targeting in magmatic-hydrothermal systems
Epidote synthesis
Epidote Synthesis
Epidote synthesis
Epidote synthesis
Epidote trace element chemistry as an exploration tool in the Collahuasi District, Northern Chile; Economic Geology
Epidote U-Pb isotope dating: workflow development and proof of concept
Evolution of ore-forming fluids in the Sawayaerdun gold deposit in the Southwestern Chinese Tianshan metallogenic belt, Northwest China; Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
Executive summary AMIRA project P1060: enhanced geochemical targeting in magmatic-hydrothermal systems
Exploration targeting in porphyry Cu systems using propylitic mineral chemistry: a case study of the El Teniente deposit, Chile; Economic Geology
Exploration targeting in porphyry Cu systems using propylitic mineral chemistry: a case study of the El Teniente deposit, Chile; 14th SGA Biennial Meeting
Feldspar chemistry and fluorescence at Batu Hijau
Geochemical, Sm-Nd isotopic characteristics and petrogenesis of Paleoproterozoic mafic rocks from the Georgetown Inlier, north Queensland: Implications for relationship with the Broken Hill and Mount Isa Eastern Succession; Precambrian Research
Geochemistry and geochronology of the intrusive rocks of the central Wasatch Mountains igneous belt, Utah, USA: implications for porphyry mineralization; Utah Geological Association Publication
Geochemistry of the porphyry-related intrusions of the Wasatch Mountains, Utah: implications for porphyry mineralization; 14th SGA Biennial Meeting
Geochronological and geochemical evidence for two ore-forming events in the Northparkes district NSW; FUTORES II Conference - Future Understanding of Tectonics, Ores, Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Geodynamic complexities in arc and post-collisional settings of the SW Pacific and China - essential ingredients for porphyry mineralisation; SEG 2017 Ore Deposits of Asia: China and Beyond
Geological characteristics and metallogenesis of the shilu Fe-ore deposit in Hainan Province, South China; Ore Geology Reviews
Geology and geochronology of the Two-Thirty prospect, Northparkes district, NSW; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Geology, geochronology, geochemical characteristics and origin of Baomai porphyry Cu (Mo) deposit, Yulong Belt, Tibet; Ore Geology Reviews
Grasberg calcite
Grasberg porphyry Cu-Au deposit Irian Jaya, Indonesia
Grasberg porphyry Cu-Au deposit: Study site update December 2012
Grasberg porphyry Cu-Au deposit: Study site update July 2012
Grasberg-Ertsberg mining district
Green rock blind test - BHP Billiton
Haquira porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, Peru
Haquira Porphyry Cu-Mo Deposit, Peru
Haquira porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, Peru: Testing the vectoring potential of quartz
Haquira porphyry Cu-Mo-Au district, Peru
Hemlo gold deposit, Canada
Hemlo green rock pilot study (update – May 2016)
Identification of hydrothermal alteration related to mineralisation using epidote mineral chemistry; 14th SGA Biennial Meeting
Importance and significance of the Bantug lithocap Negros, Philippines
Isotopic geochemistry of the Sawayaerdun orogenic-type gold deposit, Tianshan, northwest China: implications for ore genesis and mineral exploration; Chemical Geology
La Americana Cu-Mo deposit, Chile
La Colosa porphyry Au deposit, Colombia
La Colosa porphyry-Au deposit, Colombia
La Colosa porphyry-Au deposit, Colombia Fieldwork report – October 2011
Limits of porphyry deposit footprints in the Central Chilean Andes
Lithocap blind test site - Barrick
LocatOre: Mineral chemistry vectoring software
Magnetite and epidote chemistry and textures at Ferrobamba Cu-Au-Fe skarn
Magnetite syntheses
Magnetite textures at Big Gossan, Ertsberg and Kucing Liar, Indonesia
Magnetite: pointing the way for porphyry explorers
Mesozoic iron oxide copper-gold mineralization in the Central Andes and the Gondwana supercontinent breakup; Economic Geology
Mineral chemical anomalism in magmatic-hydrothermal epidote from SW Pacific porphyry and epithermal deposits; SEG 2017 Ore Deposits of Asia: China and Beyond
Mineral Chemistry of the HemloAu District
Mineral chemistry of the Heron Bay area
Mineralization and fluid evolution of the Jiyuan polymetallic Cu-Ag-Pb-Zn-Au deposit, eastern Tianshan, NW China; International Geology Review
Multielement geochemical data missing value and below detection limit imputation; SEG 2019 Conference
Multivariate data analysis of epidote
New Advances in Detecting the Distal Geochemical Footprints of Porphyry Systems— Epidote Mineral Chemistry as a Tool for Vectoring and Fertility Assessments; Building Exploration Capability for the 21st Century
New analyses of old rocks: getting more out of the P765 - P765A - P1060 sample suites
Newcrest Greenrock Blind Test
Orientation survey: Gosowong epithermal Au-Ag and porphyry district, Indonesia
Orientation survey: Quebrada Blanca porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, Chile
P1060 - achievements and explorers' toolbox
P1060 Field Guide - Intrusive and Magm atic-Hydrothermal Features of the Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah
P1060: Green Rock Study Site Overview
P1060: lithocap study site overview
P1153 Explorer’s Toolbox: Workflow for green and white rock exploration
Petrogeochemistry and SHRIMP dating of ga'erqin pillow basalt in Duolong, Northern Tibet; Acta Geoscientica Sinica
Philex (Santo Tomas II), Philippines
Physicochemical processes in the magma chamber under the black mountain porphyry Cu-Au deposit, Philippines: insights from mineral chemistry and implications for mineralization; Economic Geology
Porphyry Indicator Minerals (PIMS) and Porphyry Vectoring and Fertility Tools (PVFTS) - indicators of mineralization styles and recorders of hypogene geochemical dispersion halos; Sixth Decennial International Conference on Mineral Exploration
Potential for exploration vectoring and fertility assessments using epidote and stable isotopes at Las Bambas
Prolom, Serbia - An Active Exploration Site Test (May 2017)
Prolom, Serbia - An Active Exploration Site Test (November 2016)
Pyrite Synthesis
Quartz Synthesis
Quartz: a new tool for vectoring in green rock, lithocap and white rock environments
Quartz: A tool for vectoring and fertility assessments in magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits
Quebrada Blanca: Fieldwork report
Random Forest classification of pyrite trace element composition to identify ore deposit type in far-field exploration and vectoring; Society of Economic Geologists Conference 2017
Reanalysis program: Cerro Colorado and Prolom magnetite
Reanalysis program: shebandowan and shabotik pyrite
Reanalysis: Ujina magnetite Epidote ICP-MS maps
Recent advances in the application of mineral chemistry to exploration for porphyry copper-gold-molybdenum deposits: detecting the geochemical fingerprints and footprints of hypogene mineralization and alteration; Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
Regional geochemistry of Central Chile
San Francisco de los Andes, Argentina
San Francisco de los Andes, Argentina
San Francisco de los Andes, Argentina (Rio Blanco-Los Bronces, Chile)
Shebandowan greenstone belt, Canada
Structural geology of the Andes of Central Chile: evolution, controls on magmatism and the emplacement of giant ore deposits and implications for exploration
Structural, geochronological and tectonic evolution of the Central Chile porphyry Cu belt – Rio Blanco to El Teniente
Study site: Las Bambas porphyry Cu-(Mo-Au) and Cu-skarn, district, Peru
Tallberg Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Sweden
Tallberg Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Sweden
Tallberg, Sweden
Tantahuatay, Peru
Tantahuatay, Peru: P1153 vertical profile through a lithocap and P765A alunite chemistry
Tectonomagmatic controls on porphyry mineralization: Geochemical evidence from the Black Mountain porphyry system, Philippines; Tectonics, Metallogeny, and Discovery: The North American Cordillera and Similar Accretionary Settings
The AMIRA P1060 whole rock and mineral chemistry database
The AMIRA P1153 whole rock and mineral chemistry database
The chlorite proximitor: a new tool for detecting porphyry ore deposits; Journal of Geochemical Exploration
The lithocap at Bantug Negros, Philippines
The sides of porphyry deposits: exploring in green and white rocks
Tourmaline cemented breccia: San Francisco de los Andes, Argentina Rio Blanco-Los Bronces, Chile
Tourmaline Synthesis – Tourmaline mineral chemistry: a tool for vectoring and fertility assessments in magmatic-hydrothermal environments
Using mineral chemistry to aid exploration: a case study from the Resolution porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, Arizona; Economic Geology
Using mineral chemistry to detect the location of concealed porphyry deposits - an example from Resolution, Arizona; 27th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium 2015
Using pyrite to vector towards porphyry and epithermal mineralisation
Vectoring techniques investigated using trace element chemistry of carbonates around the Baguio District
Vectors to mineralization in the carbonate-hosted Grasberg-Ertsberg porphyry district from calcite C-O isotope and trace element geochemistry; 14th SGA Biennial Meeting
Vectors to the blind Resolution porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, Superior district, Arizona
Vertical profile through the Tantahuatay lithocap
Whole rock geochemistry - lessons learned from exploration
Yabricoya Batholith, Chile
Yabricoya district, northern Chile - an active exploration site progress report
Yabricoya district, northern Chile; AMIRA P1153 Active Exploration Site
Yeoval district, NSW
Yerington district, Nevada
Yerington District, Nevada, USA
Yerington, Nevada, USA: Untangling multiple generations of epidote

Research Projects

Application of visible near infrared (vis-NIR) and short wavelength infrared (SWIR) spectral analysis in exploration for Mount Cassidy
Genesis of the Four Mile Diamictite and implications for Uranium mineralisation, South Australia
Geochemistry and geochronology of lithium-enriched pegmatites in the Bynoe pegmatite field, Northern Territory
Geology and genesis of the Prince Darwin prospect, Western Tasmania
Magnetite and epidote chemistry and textures at Las Bambas Cu-Au-Fe skarn, Peru: assessing district and deposit-scale fertilityimplications for ore genesis and exploration

Research Candidate Supervision

Bantug Lithocap, Negros Island, Philippines- Mineralogy, Textures, and Chemistry.
Tourmaline Breccia Pipes - Their Alteration and Mineralisation, Characteristics and Origins- Examples from Argentina and Chile